The Heroine’s Journey of Cristiana Leone

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The sense of freedom and autonomy that it gives me. I love to be able wandering into my imagination and let me being inspired. I love giving faces to my clients’ characters, helping them visualize their creatures and connecting even more with them.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Sitting at my table with an hot cup of tea and my cat purring next to me, while drawing following my inspiration! And also sharing and enjoying some quality time with the persons I love.

What is my greatest fear? Artblocks. Unfortunately they happens quite often me and some of them have lasted for years. And also to lose people I love.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Insecurity and extreme introversion… These are traits that hinder me a lot, unfortunately, and against those I can not do anything.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? There are many artists I deeply admire not only for their skills but also for their perseverance and determination to continue strenuously the path they have set themselves to achieve their goal. I admire this strength of mind and I would like to have it as well.

What is my greatest extravagance? Well, I have problems talking on the phone. I can manage it, if I need to talk with closest relatives and friends, but making phone calls with strangers makes me feel so anxious and stressed that I end up to feel bad physically. So I can’t make phone calls to reserve a table, to make an appointment or I can’t answer the phone to numbers I do not know…

On what occasion would I lie? I always try to avoid lying, at most I prefer to omit if I can. But if I had to be forced, I would just lie so as not to hurt a loved one.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Actually there is nothing I hate about the work itself. If anything, the problems arise when I can not manage the times well, or when I can not decide on something or I’m held back by insecurity. Or when customers are particularly intrusive or oppressive, but fortunately it has happened very few times.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? When a customer is very satisfied and thanks me for finally giving a face to their character and that was exactly how they imagined it. When I realize the affection of those who follow me and support me, regardless of whether I am active or not.

If I could, what would I change about myself? Well, my introverted and insecure personality. As for the rest, well. That’s how I am. I’ve to deal with it.

What is my greatest achievement in work? Being contacted without having send the portfolio to work at important projects like the animated movie “Malevolent”, or the card project “NPC for hire”, for example.

Where would I most like to live? I love mountains and my dream place would be a mountain cabin in a peaceful place.

What is my most treasured possession? My cat (though I think he is the owner, actually…), my pc, my tablet, my art tools, my dragons figures.

What is my most marked characteristic? My shyness and my being a bit clumsy, probably. I’m really bad to relate to others…

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? The sea view. Unfortunately I find my city quite boring and it doesn’t have any inspiring places.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? Mum’s home, of course, and a restaurant I really love and that we use to go for special occasions: “Pane, Amore e Fantasia”.

What books influenced my life and how? Most probably Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings, which I read when I was 16. I really loved it and it was my first fantasy, so it has opened up a world to me.

Secondly Stoker’s Dracula, which I read shortly after LOTR and introduced me to the gothic and dark side of the fantasy world.

Who are my favorite writers? Tolkien, Hemingway, Eco, Christie, Wilde, Poe, Shakespeare, but lately I’ve to confess that I don’t read anymore, as I could do before… 😦 Too little time, unfortunately.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Johnny Cash discography.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Hamlet from the homonymous tragedy of Shakespeare. I love him because he is actually an anti-hero. Fragile, undecided and full of fears. He is more “human” than heroic and this makes me feel closer to him.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? All those people who work every day to help others, save lives, save animals in danger or fight for the health of our planet, against wars, abuses and political or commercial interests.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Interstellar. There are many movies I absolutely love, but this one really touched my heart so intensely that became my favourite movie.

What role plays art in my life and work? It is everything. It is what gives a sense to my whole life and my state of being human.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My husband, for sure. He supports me always. He encouraged me to leave my secretary job to try being a full time artist. Then my family. My parents and sisters always support me and believe in me more than I do myself. And my best friends and artists Maria E. and Valeria K. They always are at my side. Listening and cheering me up when I feel down, encouraging me and giving me the strength that often leaves me.

Whom would I like to work with in 2018? My dream is to start collaborating with some important publishers, for book covers or video/cards/tabletob games. It would be my greatest dream coming true.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? I can’t wait to meet my collegues of the art collective “Imaginaria” at the next Con in Milan, this March. With them we realized an art calendar dedicated to the Gods of the Norse Mythology.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? With Imaginaria we are starting planning a new collective project for an Artbook. The theme, which I can’t reveal yet, will be something I really love, and I always love since childhood, so I am really excited!

Where can you see me or my work in 2018? In Milan this March, and I don’t know if I’ll be able to join Lucca Comics and Games in November. I really would love to. Otherwise you can always find me online on Facebook. My official page is Cristiana Leone Fantasy Art.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? I learned the hard way that not following its own nature leads only to feel bad and to a slow rejection of themselves. So, for me following your passion means being alive.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? I’d suggest Manuela Soriani, a stoic warrior and an amazing artist and person. Francesca Resta, a very talented artist with a dreamy and magical trait. Sara Forlenza, a true master that always manages to surprise me and enchant me with her works.

How can you contact me?

You can always fin me at my Facebook official page: https://www.facebook.com/CristianaLeoneArt/

Or at my Portfolio: www.cristianaleone.com

Or directly email me at: leonecristiana@gmail.com

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